This book is written for all those who care for or work with children who have an autism spectrum disorder. It has a specific relevance for families whose children have recently been diagnosed.
The Australian Autism Handbook is first and foremost a useful book, a comprehensive guide to what autism spectrum disorders are and what they are not. It has chapters on early intervention, useful therapies and schooling. The Australian Autism Handbook is both informative and reliable, it is steeped in science but also deeply personal.
The Resource and Services Guide has sections covering federally-funded support and state-by-state listings. Information includes: what benefits can be claimed; what can Medicare offer; where to find reliable, unbiased information; where to buy resources to help children learn.
Many voices are heard, with both parents and professionals offering support and advice to the reader suddenly faced with the autism maze.
This is also a supportive and encouraging book, which explores the stages of grief which affect families of newly diagnosed children. The experience and strength of families who have trod this path give great hope and comfort. Stories written by parents about their older children give some glimpses of possible futures for families, and the message that an ASD diagnosis is not the end of family life; all children will grow and develop. This book gives families and professionals some of the tools they need to assist their children as they do so.
Size – 155mm x 230mm